Teams compete in Eastern Nationals at USSSA

SALISBURY, Md. – The best of the best converge on the Eastern Shore for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern National Championships.

The tournament brings hundreds of teams, thousands of players, all looking to prove they are better than the competition in this ultra-competitive environment.

“When you bring these national teams in, teams from all over, New York, New Jersey, I know last year we played a team from Michigan, it’s great exposure,” explained Todd Brock, parent of a player for the East Coast X-Plosion. “It’s awesome for the girls to see all the talent all across the country and bringing the best here.”

For local travel teams, like the USA Softball Diamonds and East Coast X-Plosion, they’re used to competing in high-pressure tournaments, but it’s special when they can welcome those teams to their neck of the woods.

The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury provides the main fields of play for the tournament. Other fields tentatively scheduled for use in Wicomico County include East Wicomico Little League, Mason-Dixon Sports Complex and WinterPlace Park. In Worcester County, games are scheduled at Showell Park and John Walter Smith Park. In the Town of Ocean City, games will be played at Northside Park.

The Eastern National is divided into three tournament weeks:

Week 1: July 12-17 – 10U Open, 12U Open

Week 2: July 19-24 – 14U Open, 14U B

Week 3: July 25-30 – 16U Open, 18U Open, 18U B

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